2Combine all in a 2 quart saucepan- stir well to combine. (If desired, put all together except bacon and beer and keep cold in refrigerator until 1/2 hour prior to cooking (bring to room temperature)- then add bacon and beer- stir and go to step 3)
3Place uncovered in the heated oven and cook 40 minutes until bubbly and thick. Enjoy with your meal!
If ever a side dish were worth making from scratch, these sweet, smoky, bacon-flecked baked beans would be it. Starting from dried lets you infuse the beans with another layer of flavor as they simmer.
Baked beans make a great side dish at a barbecue, but cooking something a long time in a hot oven during summer isn't fun. Christine Gallary of the CHOW Test Kitchen has an easier way: Just throw the ingredients into a slow cooker and walk away. Using our Easy Slow Cooker Baked Beans recipe she demonstrates how to make a perfect pot of creamy, not-too-sweet beans every time.